September 13 — Saturday Workshop Series

Gary Lawrence, GCC CRW/English Faculty, says, “Size Matters: Flash Fiction Rules!” — and he says he can prove it! Come and judge for yourself Saturday, Sept 13 in L 141 from 9:00 – 11:30 am. You’ll define “flash fiction” (short stories 1000 words or less), talk about the “rules” of flash fiction, then read and analyze at least three of Gary’s favorite flash fiction pieces — and apply what you learn to your own writing.

Free and open to the public.

Light refreshments provided.

Gary Lawrence has taught at GCC as an adjunct English instructor since 2011. He has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). In previous lives, he taught management courses at Cardinal Stritch University, played a wicked first base, managed a technical publications and training department in a Fortune 100 company, and built pole barns (ask some Midwestern farmer what THOSE are). He grew up (well, got older, anyway) in Rockford, IL, the setting of most of the stories in his 2013 collection, Baffled — a copy of which is in the GCC library. His last appearance in the GCC CRW Second Saturday Series dealt with “Managing Time in Fiction.” Gary teaches CRW170/270, Introduction to Fiction/Intermediate Fiction Writing, and composition courses at GCC.

September 17 — Free Association Open Mic Poetry Series

Featuring Jenna Duncan & Shawnte Orion

Wednesday September 17th
at Glendale Community College

FREE and open to the public
open mic starts at 7pm

Jenna Duncan is a poet, essayist, reporter and filmmaker based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her poetry and prose have appeared on Seattle’s city buses, in self-published ‘zines and in Cream City Review (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Her video artwork and documentaries have screened at FilmBar and Eye Lounge Collective in Phoenix, The New School in New York City, and Z-Bar in Berlin, Germany. She has completed a Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona (2001), a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Goddard College (2007), and a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School (2010). She currently serves as Associate Editor for JAVA Magazine, based in Phoenix.

Shawnte Orion has hosted the Free Association readings at GCC for the past five years, but this time he will read from his new book The Existentialist Cookbook which was just published by NYQBooks (copies will be available). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle Magazine, and New York Quarterly. He has been invited to read at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats.
All the details and sample poems from his new book can be found at:

hosted by Jared Duran

Glendale Community College (in Student Union room 104)
6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

Campus Map for where to PARK and where to find the Student Union:


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